Dexter Williams

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #2
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #2

Dexter Williams News

Returns from COVID-19 list

Williams (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Williams was signed by the Browns off the Dolphins' practice squad Jan. 5, though he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list the same day. His 2021 season is now over, though he did not appear in any games.

Jan 10, 2022 7:26 PM EST

Signed to Browns' active roster

Williams (undisclosed) was signed by the Browns on Wednesday before promptly being placed on the reserve/COVID-19.

Analysis: The running back was signed off of the Dolphins practice squad before being put on the COVID list. Williams has spent time with many practice squads this season but has yet to play a snap in 2021.

Jan 5, 2022 2:20 PM EST

Joins Miami's practice squad

Williams was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of reports.

Analysis: Williams is a candidate to be promoted for Week 15 due to the lack of healthy running back depth currently on Miami's active roster. The third-year running back hasn't appeared in a game this season and has just 19 rushing yards on seven attempts during his NFL career.

Dec 13, 2021 3:07 PM EST

Released from practice squad

Williams was released from the Browns' practice squad Tuesday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Williams was added to the Browns' practice squad while they dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak to their running back room. Now that Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton are back, Williams finds himself as the odd man out. In a corresponding move, Cleveland resigned John Kelly to their practice squad.

Nov 23, 2021 3:03 PM EST

Signs with practice squad

Williams was added to the Browns' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: With Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Browns added Williams to provide some depth to their backfield. The 2019 sixth-round pick has spent time on both the Packers' and Giants' practice squads this season. Both Chubb and Felton could play in Sunday's contest if they are able to clear COVID-19 protocols, but it's possible Williams could split the backup role with Brian Hill in the event neither are cleared.

Nov 10, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Cut from practice squad

Williams has been cut from the Giants' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Williams rejoined the team's practice squad prior to Week 8. It was his second stint with the unit. He last suited up for a game in 2020 with the Packers.

Nov 8, 2021 6:15 PM EST

Rejoins practice squad

The Giants re-signed Williams to the practice squad Friday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is set for his second stint on the Giants' practice squad this season. He hasn't suited up for NFL action since appearing in three games with the Packers in 2020.

Nov 5, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Cut from practice squad

The Giants cut Williams from the practice squad Thursday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Williams appeared in seven total games with the Packers from 2019-20. Now that he's been cut loose by the Giants, the third-year pro will compete to latch on with another practice squad.

Sep 22, 2021 11:08 AM EST

Released by Packers

Williams was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The third-year running back running back ran for a respectable 4.8 yards on 17 carries over the Packers' three preseason games, but he resided at or near the bottom of the depth chart the entire time, and the Packers ultimately decided to drop the 2019 sixth-round pick. Only three running backs are likely to occupy spots on Green Bay's roster heading into Week 1, so Williams could take a place on the practice squad.

Aug 31, 2021 6:54 AM EST

Unable to move up depth chart

Williams had eight carries for 22 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Analysis: Williams got twice as many chances to run the ball as he did in the Packers' preseason opener, but he did not do much with the extra opportunities and remains in the fifth spot at his position on the depth chart with just one exhibition game remaining.

Aug 22, 2021 9:27 AM EST

Seemingly last on depth chart

Williams had four carries for 32 yards in the Packers' preseason opener against the Texans.

Analysis: Williams was the Packers' leading rusher on the night, but he did not receive a carry until the team's final drive, which -- per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic -- suggests he is currently in the fifth spot on the depth chart among the five running backs in camp.

Aug 16, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Inks reserve/future deal

Williams has signed a reserve/future contract with the Packers.

Analysis: Williams was just cut from the Packers' practice squad prior to their loss in the NFC Championship game. His departure was used to add offnesive line depth. He spent most of the 2020 season on Green Bay's practice squaud, but did ultiamtely suit up for three games and record eight yards on two rushes.

Jan 25, 2021 7:48 PM EST

Shown door in Green Bay

Williams was cut from the Packers' practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Williams' departure opened a spot on the practice squad for punter Ryan Winslow. The 2019 sixth-round pick played seven offensive snaps for the Packers this year, rushing twice for eight yards.

Jan 23, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Williams reverted to the Packers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Williams garnered four snaps on special teams and three more on offense during a Sunday night win over the Titans, but the 23-year-old didn't get any work on the ground as he did during his last appearance Week 9. A knee injury kept Williams on the practice squad injured list between Nov. 11 and Dec. 15, but now he's available once again to provide depth to Green Bay's backfield when called upon.

Dec 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Elevated for Week 16

Williams was promoted to the Packers' active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old is a gameday elevation for Sunday's matchup with the Titans as Jamaal Williams (quadriceps) is expected to be sidelined. Dexter Williams is unlikely to see many offensive opportunities behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

Dec 26, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Shakes off injury

The Packers restored Williams (knee) from the practice squad injured list Tuesday.

Analysis: Williams has recovered from the sprained MCL he suffered during a win over San Francisco in Week 9. He'll likely remain on the practice squad unless one of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams or AJ Dillon picks up an injury.

Dec 15, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Suffers sprained MCL

Williams (knee) was placed on the practice squad injured reserve Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered a sprained MCL in last week's win over the 49ers, and he'll be required to miss at least three weeks of practice as a result. The Packers signed Mike Weber to the practice squad to take Williams' place.

Nov 11, 2020 3:32 PM EST

May be facing long-term injury

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the knee injury Williams sustained in Thursday's 34-17 win over the 49ers is "potentially" a long-term concern, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, the Packers called up Dexter Williams from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's contest to provide depth at running back behind Aaron Jones and Tyler Ervin. Williams carried two times for eight yards in the second quarter before being announced as out for the remainder of the contest coming out of halftime. Though LaFleur didn't get into specifics about the injury, the Packers apparently fear Williams could miss significant time, pending the results of his follow-up tests. The Packers should have a good chance of getting at least one of Jamaal Williams and Dillon back for their next game Nov. 15 against the Jaguars, so Dexter likely wouldn't have been a part of the backfield rotation beyond this week even if he hadn't gotten hurt.

Nov 6, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Done for the night

Williams will not return to Thursday's game against the 49ers due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Williams had two carries for eight yards in the first half, but he was ruled out with a knee injury prior to the start of the third quarter. The 2019 sixth-round pick was promoted from the practice squad for Thursday's contest, and his absence will now leave Tyler Ervin as the only backup behind Aaron Jones.

Nov 5, 2020 7:09 PM EST

Will be available Thursday

The Packers elevated Williams from the practice squad to the active roster in advance of Thursday's contest in San Francisco, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Green Bay's backfield has been whittled down to few available and healthy bodies, with AJ Dillon testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and Jamaal Williams joining him on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a high-risk close contact. With Williams temporarily on the active roster, the Packers have two RBs who don't have injury designations -- also, Tyler Ervin -- but the team is hopeful Aaron Jones will be cleared to play through a calf injury. Whether it's a two- or three-headed backfield Thursday, Williams figures to get some work, which has been difficult to come by in one-and-a-half seasons as a pro. In five appearances, he has just five carries for 11 yards on 10 offensive snaps.

Nov 5, 2020 1:23 PM EST

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